June Fire Projected to Last Through Summer
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 24, 2017
It’s going to be a smoky summer.
That’s according to the Shoshone National Forest Acting Supervisor, Eric Watrud, who told residents at a public meeting this weekend that the June Fire will likely be burning for quite a while.
The fire, which began last Tuesday just south of the North Fork Highway between Pahaska and Wapiti, is considered 28 percent contained as of this morning. However, according to Brett Haberstick, Public Information Officer with Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black, the containment date is currently projected to be the end of September.
Haberstick says that crews have been putting in direct handlines on the northern perimeter of the fire, which is where the majority of the structures are located. He praised the Hot Shot team and air support that was assigned to contain the spot fire that was outside the northeastern corner of the fire perimeter, which grew to only about five acres.
Haberstick predicted that winds forecast for this afternoon will cause the crews to be extra vigilant.